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Slaughterhouse cruelty case

The cases of animal cruelty in slaughterhouses unfortunately abound. The speed at which animals must be slaughtered, the lack of training of employees and most importantly the brutality animals endure make it a hellish place for God’s creatures.

This month, a new case came to light. Two pigs were boiled alive in a slaughterhouse run by the largest independent pork processor in the United Kingdom, Dalehead Foods. This incident was reported by an employee who asked to remain anonymous and who witnessed the event. He explained, "The pigs come to the abattoir and we stun them, then stick them - cut their throats - before they go into a tank of boiling water to get rid of the bristles. Twice last week they weren't stuck properly, and the pigs went into the tank alive, burning them.” The employee responsible for the aberration was terminated and according to Dalehead Foods officials, these incidents are isolated.

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Compassionate people should ask themselves if these incidents are indeed isolated or, on the contrary, more common than we’d like to think but rarely reported. The guidelines for animal treatment, and footage and reports by employees and animal right advocates are proof that animals are not regarded as sentient beings by the food industries, but commodities for the benefit of human beings. The transition to plant-based diet would decrease the most voluminous animal cruelty on earth.

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